NCATE Accreditation


I.3 Summary of programs offered at initial and advanced preparation levels (including off-campus, distance learning, and alternate route programs), status of state approval, national recognition, and if applicable, findings of other national accreditation associations related to the preparation of education professionals.

The Educator Preparation Unit at CSU Chico consists of initial and advanced programs that are mostly housed in the School of Education (SOE), within the College of Communication and Education. (I.5.e, I.5.a.3-13).

Initial Programs:

The School of Education, operating as a single department, offers multiple pathways leading to initial credentials in Multiple Subject (elementary education), Single Subject (secondary education) and Special Education. Multiple subject credentials are available through four pathways: Multiple Subject, Concurrent, Rural Teacher Residency and Bilingual. Single subject credentials are earned through two pathways: Single Subject or Single Subject Bilingual. In addition, single subject candidates can earn an added authorization in Adapted Physical Education (with the Department of Kinesiology) or an Agriculture Specialist Credential (with the School of Agriculture).

Advanced Programs:

The School of Education offers a master’s degree in education with three pathways: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, and General Education MA. In the Educational Administration option, candidates may also earn an Administrative Services Credential. The MA in Education general pathways include the Rural Teacher Residency, the Education Specialist Emphasis, and the English Learner Focus. Three additional master’s degrees in education and related fields are offered outside of the School of Education. The Department of Psychology offers a credential in Pupil Personnel Services while obtaining a master’s degree in School Psychology; the department of Communication Arts and Sciences offers a credential in Speech-Language Pathology while obtaining a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A new program in the College of Agriculture (first cohort finishing in Spring 2014) allows individuals to earn a master’s degree in Agricultural Education.